Crime reports Jan 31 2011
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summary: Afrikaans teen escapes 3hr hostage-ordeal at Villieria video shop; white English-speaking cyclist Ian Mackey survives stabbing at Rhodes Memorial, Table Mountain; 3 top black Pietersburg cops arrested for helping an armed robber of local white families escape from justice.
Jan 31 2011 – CAPE TOWN.Cyclist Ian Mackey of Observatory was stabbed by two blacks in broad daylight near the Rhodes memorial on Table mountain on Sunday, reports the Cape Times. He said both were arbed. Mackie, a father of two, said he could get his his pepper spray out because they had knocked him onto a bush and he was on his back, being stabbed.
“I went into survival mode, shouting help help. They became nervous and made a run for it’ he said. One attacker grabbed his bike and they headed towards the forest behind Groote Schuur hospital. “Blood was squirting out of my leg,’ he said .He limped towards the Rhodes memorial parking lot about 10 minutes away – meanwhile putting his heart-rate monitor strap around the stabbing wound on his leg because he was losing so much blood…’ And this was a very clever thing to do as it probably saved his life: http://www.capetimes.co.za
January 31 2011 – A white South African teenage girl was taken hostage in a video shop in Villieria on Saturday January 29 2011 – and ended her three-hour ordeal when she pretended to faint just as the SAPS persuaded the gunman to open a shop gate.
The Afrikaans girl managed to escape while the cop’s task force stormed in. Police warrant-officer Marinda Swanepoel said the girl’s ordeal started when she had briefly stepped outside the video shop at about 1.45pm. A 32-year-old man, calling himself “Jan”, said he wanted to rent a movie. Both entered the shop. “Jan” put two DVDs on the counter. Suddenly the man – no description given — put a pistol on the counter, demanding money, the girl’s cellphone and her car. He forced her to a storeroom where he tied her legs with a black plastic bag. He wrapped newspaper around her wrists before tying them with a wire coat hanger. Then he shoved paper into her mouth and tied it with a black bag. When a customer entered the shop “Jan” told him it was closed. “He had taken the girl’s R30, cellphone and car keys, and got into her car. When the customer asked the suspect what he was doing in the girl’s car he jumped out and ran back into the shop, closing the security gate and door behind him,” Swanepoel said. The customer called for help on the Eblockwatch.co.za security system. Within minutes offficers from the security company, the police, metro police, hostage negotiators, the task force and medical staff all descended on the scene. A police officer and a negotiator spoke to Jan through the door. By this time he’d untied the girl – she probably also was sexually abused, that’s why her name is not mentioned — and brought her from the storeroom. During hours of negotiations the man lost his temper and became upset when he saw police outside. “At 4.30pm the girl stood near the door. She pretended to pass out. “The police told ‘Jan’ he must allow her to get medical help as she could ‘die’, and then there’s be a murder charge,” said Swanepoel. “The man opened the door. Within seconds the girl jumped up and ran out.” The girl was taken to hospital for shock and discharged. Police discovered the suspect’s weapon was a plastic toy gun. He is expected to appear in court Monday to set a remand date for bail. Cape Times http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/teen-escapes-hostage-taker-s-clutches-1.1019036
Pietersburg. Three senior policemen from the organised crime unit in Pietersburg/Polokwane were arrested for freeing an armed-robbery suspect in exchange for large bribes. An unnamed SAPS captain and two warrant officers had ”allegedly acted together to help withdraw a robbery case from court and set the suspect free”, said Lt-col Mohale Ramatseba.
“He said one of the officers apparently pretended to be the victim of a robbery in order to withdraw a case in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court in April 2009. The police captain (a Group Commander) connived with the Warrant Officers in ensuring that the case against the common robbery suspect was withdrawn by court,” Ramatseba said. The man accused of robbery was also implicated in a similar case in Thohoyandou. Instead of taking him there to be arrested, the three policemen allegedly set him free – allegedly in exchange for R16,500 in cash and a plasma-TV, and one of the officers also was given a car and a fridge, while a third one received R3,000. The alleged robbery-suspect who’d bribed them was pointed out by the three arrested cops. “The captain’s car was confiscated but the fridge and TV have not been found. The trio would appear in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice. They also faced the possibility of suspension following internal investigations,” said Ramatseba – http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/cops-held-for-allegedly-aiding-robber-1.1018694